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Tallahassee task force aims to get residents to 'See Something, Say Something'

Posted at 6:25 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 18:25:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee neighbors, and community leaders, saying they're fed up with the violence they're seeing around town.

Shots have been ringing out in different parts of the Capital City for three weekends in a row, causing leaders to form a community driven task force.

The emotion says it all. People are distraught, angry, and almost desperate to put a stop to this violence and the high number of recent shootings.

Those who have lived in this community say things are getting out of hand, that's why they're calling for action.

Curtis Taylor, with Tallahassee Urban League, is one of many, saying "we won't tolerate this violence anymore." This task force will pull together as many neighbors as possible, along with law enforcement, faith and community leaders.

Taylor says people living here are the ones who know best where the hot spots for crime are.

"We are in a critical state and we are close to being in an emergency. We all know who's selling drugs on our street," said Taylor. "So we can't afford to allow those people to stay in our neighborhood because when the deal goes bad and they start shooting, the bullets have no names on them. Let's not wait until it's our son, our daughter, our relatives."

This community task force will give people a place to turn for help if they're hesitant to speak up or call police themselves.

Taylor says he's uneasy and even scared by the pace of the violence but he, along with many others, are determined to turn up the heat on stopping this crime.